London’s favourite tortillas, the tortillas de harina (that’s flour tortillas) from Sonora Taqueria Tortilleria, are finally back for taco-lovers to devour at home. While their tortillas have been sporadically available, either from the stand in Netil Market itself or for delivery, they’re now available for a home torilla delivery for the foreseeable future. So now you can upgrade your taco game with delicious, squidgy, authentic tortillas. Or just heat them up and shove them straight into your gob: they’re plenty delicious enough to eat on their own.
Sonora Taqueria first popped up in London under the guise of Pollo Feliz, before transforming to highlight the Northern Mexican cuisine of founder Michelle Salazar de la Rocha’s upbringing. They very quickly became one of London’s must-try food spots for their cheese-crusted tacos and barbacoa quesadillas, all encased in one of London’s few authentic flour tortilla options. Forget the supermarket flour tortillas, these tortillas de harina verge on translucent, yet are sturdy enough to support the heftiest taco, but are also delightfully chewy and supple. And now tortilla delivery can find them winding their way straight to your home.
Teething issues, and the sheer, overwhelming, demand for the tortillas, found the team often having to halt tortilla sales as soon as they’d restarted. They had to have enough to feed the hordes of people that queued up and down the block for their tacos and quesadillas, after all. And they were hand-making the tortillas themselves, alongside all the trappings of the dishes they served up. Since the sad closure of the Sonora Taqueria stand on September 11, however, they’ve been able to once again get the (dough) ball rolling.
How to get a Sonora Tortilleria tortilla delivery
For those who need some of the tortilla-goodness in their lives, stock goes up on their websites on Mondays at 9 AM. Pork fat, goose fat, or vegan fat (olive oil typically) tortillas are available, and they go out for delivery on Thursdays (with an option to pick future Thursday that better suit you). They do, however, only deliver to a limited area in North and East London. If you live in one of the following postcodes, you’re among the lucky tortilla fans who can nosh on London’s best: N1, N4, N5, N7, N8, N15, N16, N17, EC, E1, E2, E3, E5, E8, E9, E10, E15, E17, E20.
Don’t live in one of the delivery areas? Be sure to hit up your friends who live in the now vaunted postcodes.
Sonora Taqueria and Mexa
Following the Netil Market stall closure, Sonora Taqueria’s alter-ego, Mexa, has popped up in London’s Arcade Food Hall. They’ve done away with the flour tortillas at Mexa, swapping in corn tortillas, but they’ve still got the quesadillas, cheese crusted tacos, and all the other fan-favourites. They’re also using the chance to serve up delicious seafood dishes that weren’t possible at their Netil Market location. If you visit, be sure to grab a grilled nopales (cactus) taco – but brace for the spice – and a tostada topped with sea bass ceviche, avocado, and salsa negra. And then wash it all down with thirst-quenching Mexican lager.
The duo behind the brands, Michelle Salazar de la Rocha and partner Sam Napier, have in past months been dealing with legal threats from a competitor over the usage of the word ‘taqueria’ in their name – a word that simply describes a place that sells tacos. However, support behind them has seen an online petition gaining over 128,000 signatures as of October 24. Keep the support going, and prove that London still favours small makers and start-up food stars.